Circuit DataLength: 1.97 miles
Type of circuit: Hard
Number of brakings: 9
Time spent under braking per lap: 19,7%
CommentOne of the most historic street circuits in the world. Long Beach is a good test of the driver's ability to control brake pedal application to get maximum speed out of the car. Driving down Shoreline Drive, the main straight, the IndyCars will go over 170 mph. From this point the drivers will slow to 70 mph in less than two seconds for the best passing opportunity on the circuit. Turns 2 through 5 are really about the driver balancing the car with the brake pedal. Having a firm pedal that can be modulated well is crucial to get the car positioned on the right line. Braking for T9, the second-best place to pass on the track, is tricky because of surface roughness. Man hole covers, bumps, curbs and pavement changes litter this braking zone putting emphasis on drivers getting peak braking ability early in the brake zone then reducing pressure to prevent lock-ups. The famous T11 hairpin is the last corner on the circuit, where drivers do some prolonged trail braking down to 35 mph. In 2012, IndyCar opened up the entry to the hairpin allowing enough room for cars to drive double file through the hairpin providing a late braking passing zone if drivers are brave enough.